Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth

Ampleforth Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine Monks a mile to the east of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England, part of the English Benedictine Congregation. It claims descent from the pre-Reformation community at Westminster Abbey through the last surviving monk from Westminster Sigebert Buckley (c. 1520 - c. 1610). The current Abbot is Fr. Cuthbert Madden, and the Prior is Fr Terence Richardson.HistoryThe Abbey was founded in a house given to Father Anselm Bolton by The Honorable Anne Fairfax, daughter of Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley. This house was taken over by Dr. Brewer, President of the Congregation, 30 July 1802. The community, since leaving Dieulouard in Lorraine, where its members had joined with Spanish and Cassinese Benedictines to form the monastery of St Laurence, had been successively at Acton Burnell, Tranmere, Scholes, Vernon Hall, and Parbold Hall, under its superior Dr. Marsh.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We went to visit this Abbey on a rainy day but it didn't matter as there is plenty to see indoors. Fabulous café with yummy food and cakes. Fantastic orchard, interesting history, very good cider and ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    The Abbey has an amazing history and the place needs to be seen to believed. The monks life is very interesting. I couldn't ever give up life as I know it to do what they do. But the actual place is j...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    We visited for a brief trip, with 2 minivans of us. Some are blind, some partially sighted and others with various afflictions, but all enjoyed their day. Weather was unkind, with heavy rain as we arr...  more »
  • Ampleforth Abbey, one of the Catholic jewelleries of the north east of Yorkshire. Joya Católica del noroeste de Yorkshire.
  • Lovely afternoon tea in stunning scenery, well worth a visit.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Abbey as our trip was arranged around a mini pilgramage. Coming from Australia, the Abbey provided perfect time to relect, time out,spiritual development and enter somewhat into the life of the Benedictine Rule.It has given us a new perspective on their life. Incredibly welcoming and inspiring. Certainly,we are sure our own lives will take on a different outlook on returning home. We hope to return ,maybe next we travel every year,to appreciate even more fully the ambience of Ampleforth. We met some lovely people,each with their own life experience which enriched our own life. What a blessing. May you continue you extraordinary work to those from all over the world and realize that even in Australia you will be prayed for.Teresa and Patrick L.
  • Best place in Yorkshire!

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